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Isotretinoin gel

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Isotretinoin (brand name Isotrex) is a retinoid (a chemical that comes from vitamin A). It is similar to the retinoid tretinoin. It is available only on prescription from a doctor. If you use isotretinoin gel regularly, it can improve the appearance of your skin. But it can cause unpleasant side effects. [17] [20]

In one study:

  • More than 5 in 10 people using isotretinoin got peeling skin

  • Just under 5 in 10 got itching

  • Up to 7 in 10 got a burning sensation on their skin

  • Up to 1 in 10 had severe skin reactions.

For some people, the side effects of isotretinoin are so bad they stop using it. [17] [20]

If you're pregnant, using isotretinoin could harm your baby. [19] If there's a chance you could become pregnant, make sure you use contraception.

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Last Updated: June 21, 2012
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